ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court expressing its dissatisfaction over the performance of intelligence agencies and police has asked those individuals or institutions who have knowledge of missing persons to fulfil the requirements of the law or face action.
On Monday a two member bench of the SC headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and consisting of Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan heard the case of missing persons, Sajjad ul Hassan, Saeed Ahmed from Multan and Attique ur Rehman from Sheikhupura.
Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokar and Chairperson Defence of Human Rights Amina Janjua and senior police officials were present in the court room. During the course of the hearing, the court ordered the police and other departments to produce three missing persons before the court in three weeks time.
Expressing his dismay, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that he fails to understand how people involved in this act can live in peace.
He said that the non-recovery of missing persons is a big question mark on the law-enforcing agencies. "This is the first time I am hearing this sort of case and I am awed and in deep grief over what the families of missing persons must be going through", he remarked.
If those who have picked up these missing persons are kept in confinement for even a few hours they would lose their mind, he remarked.
The intelligence agencies should think and release the innocent persons, he added.
However, if someone is involved in a crime, than action should be taken against them according to the law, he said.
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar further said there is a law in this country than why this law of the jungle.
Amina Masood Janjua said before the court that every time government tries to sweep the matter under the carpet and gives no straight answer. The institutions are not playing their role due to which missing persons have not been recovered, she said.
Even today thousands of families from Swat have come to the court for recovery of their loved ones. Please for God sake help them, she said.
During the course of the hearing, police authorities presented different reports regarding missing persons ,however, the court expressing dissatisfaction dismissed the reports and ordered for the recovery of the missing persons.
The court adjourning the hearing for three weeks and directed the Attorney General to deal with this matter with utmost priority and the missing persons should be recovered.